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MCCOY, JESSE (1804–1836). Jesse McCoy, Alamo defender, son of John and Martha McCoy, was born at Gyrosburg, Tennessee, in 1804. He immigrated to Texas from Missouri as an original settler of DeWitt's colony on March 9, 1827. He served as the town sheriff of Gonzales. He was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers on February 23, 1836, and entered the Alamo with this unit on March 1, 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.


Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). Walter Lord, A Time to Stand (New York: Harper, 1961; 2d ed., Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1978).

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Bill Groneman, "MCCOY, JESSE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.